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Why Nike selected a tech executive as its next CEO. The company has been investing heavily in tech and data analytics. It sees its new CEO leading it into a future focused on data-driven, direct-to-consumer sales.

Why Nike selected a tech executive as its next CEO

"Parker, who has been Nike's CEO since 2006 and has worked at the company for four decades, will become the company's executive chairman, according to the press release."

This is one of the most important parts; Nike needed Parker in some sort of capacity after he steps down as CEO for 13 years.

Why

"Parker, who has been Nike's CEO since 2006 and has worked at the company for four decades, will become the company's executive chairman, according to the press release."

This is one of the most important parts; Nike needed Parker in some sort of capacity after he steps down as CEO for 13 years.

Why?

Because Parker steered the company through countless potential disasters, from the gender discrimination mess in 2018 and the Kaepernick campaign backlash to their disservice to pregnant athletes. He didn't just address them; he fixed the problems, wiped out the bad actors, and managed to TRIPLE sales.

Parker is a heck of an architect.

Money, money, money

Live from the International Astronautical Congress

The business of travel

Marking 30 years of the web

The latest on Brexit

WeWork gets worse

SoftBank takes over WeWork. The board of the shared office company chose the Japanese conglomerate over a competing offer from JP Morgan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Co-founder Adam Neumann will lose control of WeWork—but get a $1.7 billion payout.

Neumann to Get Up to $1.7 Billion to Exit WeWork as SoftBank Takes Control

Being a big fan of WeWork’s service, it is sad to see the devaluation hitting this level. Moreover, the payout to Adam N is beyond silly for a company that is going to need a major structural face lift.

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed to unrealistic valuations.

And now SoftBank will have to live with the creature it helped create...

India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

Making immigration work

Time to get lost in a museum...

New York's MoMA has reopened and it's a whole new experience. After the 90-year old institution’s $450-million expansion, it’s now possible to get lost at the new “mega MoMA.” That’s a good thing.

It’s now possible to get lost at the new “mega MoMA.” That’s a good thing

MoMA used to be my favorite museum in New York and now it's my favorite by a long shot. Aside from a few placings that feel designed for content creation (👀 surrealist section), this expansion is forward-thinking and inspired.

... and come back soon

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One part store, one part lab: Mall owner debuts Brandbox, a new way to fill vacant space

One part store, one part lab: Mall owner debuts Brandbox, a new way to fill vacant space

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From Our Members

  • Contextual commerce works!

    Pop-up spaces in high traffic areas, provided the hooks are strong and welcoming, always work. You're seeing it in malls and in ghost town avenues like the storied Bleecker St shopping area in the Village. Add the right digital connection to it and you'll build stickiness.

  • This is such a smart play for commercial landlords as companies move away from stores as drivers of revenue and more towards a showroom, experience driven model. The standardization of the pop up model for e-trailers will be a space to watch.

  • Fascinating concept - scaling the concept of “shop local”. The open spaces they are taking over are from stores with a national footprint, like Sears. One reason these stores struggled in the last decade was they sold basically the same things in every market. People in Wichita don’t necessarily want

    Fascinating concept - scaling the concept of “shop local”. The open spaces they are taking over are from stores with a national footprint, like Sears. One reason these stores struggled in the last decade was they sold basically the same things in every market. People in Wichita don’t necessarily want the same items as someone in Miami, and because of their supply chain it is tough to localize product offerings. This concept is promising because smaller businesses can sell tailored offerings to a local market, but have the big commerce foot traffic.

  • One way to look at mall spaces... is as a gathering place for local communities. Broaden the lens... that’s what this is an attempt at which is why it’s interesting. Humans still need places to convene and empty malls are a good place to deliver on that... they need to bring on concepts that replace

    One way to look at mall spaces... is as a gathering place for local communities. Broaden the lens... that’s what this is an attempt at which is why it’s interesting. Humans still need places to convene and empty malls are a good place to deliver on that... they need to bring on concepts that replace the outdated retail concepts. So let’s see what this affords... I bet you can go even wider.

  • Love this idea. Reminds me of a similar venture by Brookfield Properties to fill vacant retail spaces on Bleecker Street in NYC. The concept of extended pop-up stores enables new entrepreneurs and small businesses to get in on short-term deals below market-rate rent.

  • It seems like so many retailers are looking for new ways to reinvent the brick and mortar wheel. Unfortunately, it may be a case of delusional non-acceptance. People just aren’t going to malls to buy things. It really doesn’t matter how you repackage the mall, you still have to get off the couch and

    It seems like so many retailers are looking for new ways to reinvent the brick and mortar wheel. Unfortunately, it may be a case of delusional non-acceptance. People just aren’t going to malls to buy things. It really doesn’t matter how you repackage the mall, you still have to get off the couch and go there to buy stuff. There’s no reason to do that anymore.

  • This could be the future of retailing. Brandbox takes care of lease negotiations,staffing and thru sales information system, can match concept to consumer. New brands without cash flow necessary to own bricks and mortar can test concept and roll out if successful. Believe Mall developers,on line brands

    This could be the future of retailing. Brandbox takes care of lease negotiations,staffing and thru sales information system, can match concept to consumer. New brands without cash flow necessary to own bricks and mortar can test concept and roll out if successful. Believe Mall developers,on line brands looking for exposure and brands not wanting a department store experience will all benefit. This is worth watching. Jay

  • This feels like a part of a solution because it mixes things up , makes things more interesting and I love the local angle. Still, there is more to this than interesting product. Conceding that I am way out of my lane here, I don’t get what retailers and malls do not get. I can buy whatever they’re selling

    This feels like a part of a solution because it mixes things up , makes things more interesting and I love the local angle. Still, there is more to this than interesting product. Conceding that I am way out of my lane here, I don’t get what retailers and malls do not get. I can buy whatever they’re selling on line without the hassles, the clueless, uninterested staff and the overheated, dreary store with stuff I have to paw through to discover they don’t have what they advertised, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

    There’s a reason banks are now also coffee shops. It’s not about the product. It’s about the experience. Make it better.

  • This reminds me of Winter Village in NYC and pop-up stores in SoHo, yet on a longer term basis. It’s lower risk for retailers to test business models and higher return for mall owners to have consistent rental income and maintain network effects.

  • IDK? I don’t see the pull. Why go to a store when I can find the lowest price online? I can play Fortnite and order a new hoodie simultaneously. Far more fun than calling Uber and going to the mall??? Wait, there’s an idea?!? Free Uber/Lyft limos with my fam to the mall where we enjoy shopping with Apple

    IDK? I don’t see the pull. Why go to a store when I can find the lowest price online? I can play Fortnite and order a new hoodie simultaneously. Far more fun than calling Uber and going to the mall??? Wait, there’s an idea?!? Free Uber/Lyft limos with my fam to the mall where we enjoy shopping with Apple Pay and playing Pokémon Go!! Time will tell if the mall will rise again....

  • This is huge. Will definitely be paying close attention to Brandbox.

  • How do we get more commercial #property owners and landlords to do this?? Malls are wonderful assets in cities, with parking, and as in-store shopping continues to wane, repurposing these in creative ways (coworking, museum, studios, labs, etc.) will bring people back to the Mall. #CRE #RealEstate call me, we want to do this!

  • I am just waiting to hear about a mall that is turned into a innovative marijuana growers paradise. You could gave growers, manufacturers, research and developement, retail sales, etc, all in a centralized space and sprinkle some fast food places and convience stores around in the parking lot. People

    I am just waiting to hear about a mall that is turned into a innovative marijuana growers paradise. You could gave growers, manufacturers, research and developement, retail sales, etc, all in a centralized space and sprinkle some fast food places and convience stores around in the parking lot. People would probably find it a win win situation. Would require some pretty fance maneuvering to do the security piece for the growers and the R and D though.

  • Interesting